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Corse, John Murray

Edward G. Longacre

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Corse, John Murray (27 April 1835–27 April 1893), soldier and politician, was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of John L. Corse, a stationer, and Sarah Murray. At age seven he moved with his family to Burlington, Iowa, where he worked in and later helped manage his father’s business. After spending two years (1853–1855) at the U.S. Military Academy, he returned to Iowa to practice law and dabble in local politics. He married Ellen Edwards Prince in 1856. Corse’s political horizons soon expanded: in the election of 1860 he was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Iowa secretary of state. His prominence as a Democrat who supported the war effort, along with his family’s political connections (his father was a six-term mayor of Burlington), brought Corse to the attention of state officials when the Civil War broke out. On 13 July 1861 he was appointed major of the sixth Iowa Volunteer Infantry....

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